Your daily dose of true beauty advice…
Depression can be cruel. It is an emotional state that makes us vulnerable to believing lies. We combat lies with truth. We overpower wrong feelings with right thinking. This is not some naïve approach that assumes a verse or two will do the trick. But how can we underestimate the power of the Word? It is the Word that can revive and give hope.
A depressed person does not need to hear about his or her counselor’s depression; he needs to hear truth. If there is guilt, he needs to hear cross-centered truth and gospel promises (e.g., Rom. 8:1). If there is a troubled heart, he needs to hear Christ’s call to trust him and his Father (John 14:1). If there is chaos and confusion because of various troubles, he needs to hear the peace Jesus promised (John 16:33). There are numerous principles in Scripture that deal with suffering and its purpose (James 1:2-4). There are many psalms that are relevant and powerful and honest. We need to learn that the rock for the depressed is the Word (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
We need to preach the powerful truths of the Word to ourselves. This is what the psalmist does in Psalms 42 and 43. He not only questions himself, but he preaches hope in God to himself. “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God (Pss. 42:5-6, 11; 43:5).
~Brian S. Borgman in Feelings and Faith, pp. 141-142